No risk of spill for irrigators

By Country News on September 12, 2016

There is no change to the risk of spill in the Murray or Campaspe systems, the Resource Manager for northern Victoria announced on Monday.

Resource Manager for northern Victoria Mark Bailey said the risk of spill in the Murray and Campaspe systems during 2016/17 remained above the 10 per cent threshold needed for a declaration to be made.

"The Murray-Darling Basin Authority is still pre-releasing water from Lake Hume, which means the risk of spill is effectively 100 per cent," Dr Bailey said.

"The risk of spill from Lake Eppalock in the Campaspe system is about 22 per cent.

"The water held in spillable water accounts in the Murray and Campaspe systems remains quarantined from use or trade."

"The Lake Hume pre-releases mean water will be deducted from spillable water accounts in the Murray system," said Dr Bailey.

"The timing and volume of the deductions depends on the volume and duration of the pre-releases. More information, including the initial volume of deductions, will be provided with the next seasonal determination update on September 15."

Dr Bailey added the risk of spill assessment did not describe the chances of flooding in the Murray or Campaspe systems. He reminded the public that the risk of spill relates to the availability of water in spillable water accounts and does not refer to flood risks downstream of the storages.

By Country News on September 12, 2016

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